CHECKSUM STATUS: OK
POWER SYSTEM STATUS: MINIMAL
PRIMARY SYSTEMS INITIATING...
There is darkness at first. Then a gradual
light as the world begins to come back into focus.
I realize I am stuck alone in the darkness.
Immobile. There is something striking me in the head, bouncing off
the strong metal that protects my cerebral circuitry. The
consistency of its strikes suggests it is a primitive
automaton of some sort.
I attempt to move and find my arms and legs are
willing to function despite great wear on their joints. According
to my internal systems, my power reserves are dangerously low but
adequate for me to remove myself from confinement.
The effort is great and despite my best
attempts, the stone about me will not budge sufficiently to allow
freedom. I realize continuing this course of action is illogical
and I will need to formulate an alternate plan.
The automaton is small and able to drill
through rock. However, I have to means with which to communicate
with it and order it to free myself. A simple scan of the
electromagnetic frequencies indicates it unable to accept remote
communication. I conclude it must be pre-programmed to perform its
task with no ability to be altered en route.
I switch to the emergency Decepticon
frequencies and attempt to contact my vessel. I have been dormant
for some time and my internal chronometer systems are off-line. I
have no way of knowing if I have been here months or years. The
thickness of the rock about me would infer years.
I get a response although the signal is weak. I
initiate emergency protocol four-seventeen and await a response to
There is a short wait but I am patient. Even if
I chose otherwise, my present position prevents me from acting in
any other fashion. I am stuck until or unless I am freed by an
The rock above me begins to heat abruptly and I
am aware that the probe I sent for has arrived and begun its work.
I wait and anticipate the conclusion of my predicament...
After sufficient time has passed I order the
probe to pause and await further instruction. The small device
that initially struck me is now dormant, likely overheated by my
probe’s energy bursts. I feel it resting lifelessly atop my head
I summon all of my remaining energy and channel
it through my foot thrusters. The rock and debris beneath me
begins to heat and melt from the exhaust. According to my
calculations, the energy output is sufficient for completion of
the task my probe commenced.
Abruptly I begin to move and find myself
tearing upward through the stone and soil about me. The eruption
into the atmosphere is sudden and exhilarating, even for one such
as myself who is not inclined toward such emotion. I live for
logic first and foremost. Emotion is a needless and cumbersome
concept for lesser beings.
Still, I am free now and I find my current
state much more agreeable then the previous one. I set myself down
gently on the rough soil and scan my surroundings. The area is
desert, a mixture of stone outcroppings with large mounds of
softer soil dotting the landscape. There are small clumps of green
vegetation scattered about and a series of stone canyons to my
A solitary creature soars through the skies
near my position. It appears to be some sort of organic life form.
It is tiny compared to me and its flight pattern poses no threat
to my security so I give it a cursory scan before paying it no
The small machine that awoke me from slumber
was developed by intelligent life. There is no mistaking this
fact. It was a probe of some kind, sent to search for something.
Perhaps for mineral deposits or some other resource of value to
The device lays in ruin several feet from my
point of emergence. The force of my escape destroyed it. I scan it
briefly but its debris is of no assistance to my efforts to
discover its origin.
I must be careful. There is no way of being
certain how many life forms are present on this world or what
their intentions would be to a Decepticon warrior. I must assume
they would react in fear or hostility to my presence.
With good reason. Megatron drove the organic
races from our world as he attempted to purify it for our kind.
Several of their worlds were mined for resources later on, as the
Great War commenced. I must assume this race would know my faction
sigil and react with requisite hostility.
The probe I signaled earlier is still hovering
in the vicinity. The signal is strong now–there is no distance or
rock to obscure it any longer. It is a utility probe–far too small
for any usage other then the one I appropriated it for. It is,
however, connected to the main vessel and I can utilize its uplink
to access the data banks. If all is as I left it, the ship will
aid in updating my tactical and logistic information so that I can
better assess the threat level.
The access is seamless and I instantly learn
that the ship is in excellent shape and still docked safely on
this world’s moon. The solar reserve system has kept the ship
powered while I have been dormant.
There is a lot of information and I am
surprised to learn I have been dormant not only for mere years but
millennia. This is fascinating but only the beginning of many
There are millions of intelligent organic life
forms on this world and they have constructed an advanced
civilization. The ship tells me there are dozens of satellites
orbiting the planet transmitting data as well as somewhat
primitive computer systems routing data back and forth across the
Needless to say, I am... intrigued.
When I first examined this world all those
years ago there was literally no life at all. Not even on a
microscopic level. Did another species colonize this world in the
interim? Did life somehow evolve here in so little time? If so,
how is it possible it became so advanced so suddenly? It is a
quandary and a fascinating one at that.
The sound of the air being split catches my
attention and I discover three aircraft approaching from the east.
My systems are low and my defensive capabilities at a minimum,
however, I believe these craft to be little danger against my
I raise my gun arm–
A wave of nausea strikes me and I realize too
late that an electromagnetic pulse weapon has been deployed
against me. My systems start to shut down. In my weakened state I
am helpless to counter the effect.
The world goes dark...